Congress
6:28 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Streb: Cantor's Defeat Could Benefit Illinois' Roskam

Peter Roskam
house.gov

A northern Illinois Congressman could move up in the House leadership as a result of Eric Cantor's defeat in the Virginia Primary.  On Wednesday, Cantor announced he'll resign his position as Majority Leader at the end of July.  

Two positions below him is Peter Roskam, of Wheaton, who's the Chief Deputy Whip.  Roskam could replace the current Whip, Kevin McCarthy of California if McCarthy becomes Majority Leader.  

NIU political scientist Matt Streb says this would be logical but there's a problem:  red state lawmakers would be absent from the leadership.

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Illinois
4:17 am
Fri June 13, 2014

ACLU Sues City Of Peoria

Credit Tanya Koonce / Illinois Public Radio

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the City of Peoria for police actions surrounding a controversial Twitter parody  account.

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Your weekly dose of news, politics, and puns with Political Junkie Ken Rudin.

Illinois
6:05 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Rockford Offers Property Clean-Up To Code Violators

The City of Rockford is again offering a program to help homeowners with property clean-up. Eligible residents must have been cited with a current property code violation, but can't complete the work due to age, disability or income.  

Eligible homeowners and interested crew members may pick up applications at the  Community Services Division of the City of Rockford Human Services Department, 555 N. Court St., Suite 301 or contact 815-967-4038 for application information. Applications are due by 5:00pm Monday, June 30.  

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Illinois
5:54 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Danville VA Questions Audit Findings

Credit VA.gov

A spokesman for the VA’s Illiana Medical Center in Danville says he’s had no indication there were serious problems with patient wait times there.

The results of a federal audit of the country’s VA facilities released Monday showed a veteran’s average wait time for primary care there was 54 days, the worst in Illinois. 

But spokesman Doug Shouse says ‘he’s not sure if that figure’ is correct, and staff wants time to review the data.   

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Arts
6:23 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Half A Century For Kantorei, Half A Life For Director

A performance from 1966
Kantorei

Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford, mark their 50th anniversary Friday, June 13th, with a concert at the Coronado Performing Arts Center. The program also is the final one in Rockford  for the choir’s long-time director.

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Illinois
6:13 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Filling The Summer Food Gap

Credit il.nokidhungry.org

A non-profit says it's seeing more demand for summer meals for low-income students in Illinois.

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Environment
3:45 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Pet Coke Company Plans Storage Warehouse

Mounds of pet coke can be seen on the property of KCBX Terminals on Chicago’s Southeast side.
Credit Michael Puente / Illinois Public Radio

A company that handles petroleum coke on Chicago Southeast side says it will build a large warehouse to store the potentially harmful substance.

Some nearby residents think the plan doesn’t go far enough.

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Illinois
3:33 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Quinn Signs Law Reducing Permit Fee For "Poker Runs"

Credit WNIJ

Charity Poker Runs are now under the control of local county governments in Illinois.

Governor Pat Quinn signed the Poker Runs law Tuesday at a Harley-Davidson dealership in Marion.  The law simplifies the permitting process and reduces the fee to a maximum of $25. 

Previously Poker Runs were regulated by the state and cost as much as $600 for a single permit.   Now they will be treated like a raffle.

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Illinois
5:34 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Lee County Now Allowing Multiple Payments For Real Estate Taxes

Credit WNIJ

Lee County property owners can now pay their real estate taxes in smaller increments.

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